The annual Shoebox Project is well underway in Richmond, and there's still time to bring a smile to vulnerable women in the community.
The project aims to collect and distribute shoeboxes filled with items totalling $50 for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and similar efforts are taking place across Canada and U.S.
The Richmond chapter of the project was started by Richmondite Kathy Howarth back in 2017, and items, including gifts, essentials and a warm greeting or message of support, were distributed through local organizations such as CHIMO, Turning Point and the Salvation Army.
According to an Instagram update last week, 83 boxes were assembled and checked from Richmond donations so far.
"We are a bit behind this season and we know times are a little stressful, but it's colder and more stressful when you don't have a home or are fleeing domestic violence," reads the post.
"The need in Richmond is greater than we have ever seen it."
To donate to the project, drop off shoeboxes and donations at the following Richmond locations:
- Defy Gravity Dance Co at Unit #30 - 1151 Horseshoe Way
- Sportstown Soccer Shop at 11191 Horseshoe Way #6
- Steveston Real Estate at 12011 Third Ave
- Coast Capital - Richmond Centre at 6253 No. 3 Rd
- Coast Capital - Steveston at 3960 Chatham St #100
- Word of Mouth Floors at 11240 Bridgeport Rd #6
- Jump Gymnastics at 13571 Commerce Pkwy #140
The drop-off points are accepting donations from now until Sunday, Dec. 11.
With files from Alan Campbell.